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My adventure continued in the area north of the city of Atlanta.

Here's my question for you today. When was the last time you bought a book at an independent bookstore?

On Friday, I had a lovely signing at an Indie bookstore, The Bookmiser, where I was reminded just how valuable good booksellers are to readers. Pam Crawford reads my Facebook page and when she saw I was heading her way, she invited me to do a formal signing.

The indie stores in my area have all disappeared, so it's been awhile since I've signed at one. In the hour I spent there, I watched her work with customers, and I was reminded of how valuable a great bookseller is for both readers and authors.

(Left to right) Pam, Me, Customer Edie, and Annell)

Pam knows her customers' reading preferences and she introduces them to new books and authors. This is a win for eveyone, and something we've lost in days of big box bookstores and online shopping.

"Discoverability" is the golden word in publishing these days, and Pam at the Bookmiser and "Pams "like her all over the country are truly the best manner of "discoverability" that exists.

So, here's to Pam and the Bookmiser owner, Annell Gerson, and to readers who appreciate giving their business to small businesses who know books!

Other than the Bookmiser, Friday was pretty frustrating because only a couple of Barnes & Nobles had received books by the time I visited.  As a result, I'm cutting the Atlanta area stores from my schedule, but I will visit all of the Booksamillions, so if you're in the Atlanta area and want a signed copy of MIRACLE ROAD, you'll find one at at Booksamillion.

My thanks to those of you who waited for me and my apologies to those who tried, but missed me. It's frustrating for everyone when a bookstore is supposed to have a book and doesn't!

Today's schedule is Booksamillions in McDonough, Griffin, and Peachtree City. If you would like to meet me when I'm there, email me now at emily@emilymarch.com and I'll let you know what time I'll be arriving at those stores.


13 comments (Add your own)

1. Jamie Steadman wrote:
I don't remember if I have ever bought a book from an independate publisher. How can you know if it is an independate?

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 8:18 AM

2. Teresa Colby wrote:
I've never bought at an inde book store...actually I live in a huge town with a few malls and we dont have not 1 bookstore at all anymore..we have to buy our books from walmart or target..so i orfer ffrom amazon most o the time

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 8:19 AM

3. beth estep wrote:
I love bookstores like Pams, as a matter of fact thats a dream for me and my husband :) we want to have a bookstore by the beach...a friendly bookstore where you have your regulars that will come in chat and relax...nothing better then that feeling :)have a great day, be safe!!

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 8:19 AM

4. Amber Eubanks wrote:
I wish we still had independent bookstores here in Portsmouth, VA. I have to buy used books online or for my Nook. Continue to have a safe trip.

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

5. Pam Crawford wrote:
Emily, thanks so much for stopping by the Bookmiser yesterday. I really enjoyed talking with you. GOOD LUCK with the rest of your trip.

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 8:32 AM

6. nancy wrote:
LOVE independent bookstores - i worked in a no-longer open chain bookstore and tried my best to give it those independent touches: greeting guests, remembering regulars and letting them know what had just come in, discussing books they had bought previously and seeing how they like them - just the way i want to be treated when i go into a bookstore

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 10:39 AM

7. Doris Barks wrote:
I love to purchase books from "Left Bank Books" located in the Central West End section of St. Louis, MO. They are so helpful and friendly plus, it's so darn cozy you never want to leave.

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

8. Candace wrote:
I don't know of any independent bookstores, so buy most of my books at Target. However, they seem to be downsizing their book department again AND raised the price of their books more than a dollar! Not the way to keep customers! I love books and would love to have a cozy bookstore close by where I could spend quiet hours. Have fun tomorrow!

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 7:07 PM

9. Julie Farley wrote:
No indie bookstores here (unless you count used bookstores). We hardly have any used bookstores anymore. :-(

Sat, November 9, 2013 @ 7:18 PM

10. Kim M wrote:
Sadly, I don't know of any independent bookstores in my area. :(

Mon, November 11, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

11. Janet wrote:
I would love to have shopped at an independent store such as you described. Just never have one that seemed that interested in me as a customer to know my reading loves. It has been a long time since I have shopped in a bookstore in general. At least a year or two.

Mon, November 11, 2013 @ 3:20 PM

12. Emily wrote:
We have this terrific independent bookstore in Austin. I just went there the other say to pick up J. Kenner's Stark Trilogy (I've already read the e-book but I wanted them in paperback :)) But this store is so friendly, if you can't find something the owners will find it for you. They're much more personable than the big box stores.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 12:46 AM

13. librarypat wrote:
There is a great independent book store in Asheville, NC. I bought a book there not long ago at an author talk and book signing.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

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